Availability of the Forest Land Use Plan ( FLUP ) inside
Comprehensive Development Plan ( CDP )
GENESYS has been readily supporting this initiative of the government even during the formulation of its CLUP and CDP ensuring that land use and development are consistent with environmental management for the benefit of present and future generations. Consequently, it became necessary for the San Carlos City government and its private sectors to work hand in hand to ensure that environmental aspects would not be overlooked in the course of land use planning.Time and again, the attention of local planners of the city with the private sectors’ participation is called to the need to incorporate environmental considerations at all levels of the planning process.
Supporting further this initiative, the San Carlos Biopower, Inc. initiated a two-day workshop last February 6 and 7, 2016 on Forest Land Use Plan formulation at Alger’s Community Center participated by both government and private sectors which provide a framework that would guide development efforts toward the attainment of the proper use of forest resources.The FLUP manuscript was completed on June 14, 2014 for integration into the CLUP.
Bago River Watershed Multi-Stakeholder Forum
GENESYS as one of the key water stakeholders participated in the Bago River Watershed Multi-Stakeholder Forum on June 23, 2014 organized by the Provincial Government of Negros Occidental, Department of Environment and Natural Resources – Region VI and the Biodiversity and Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy and Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program of DENR-USAID with the theme “Developing Markets for Watershed Services form Forests: Challenges and Opportunities”.
Guided Self-Assessment of Local Environmental Governance
On August 19-20, 2014, GENESYS has participated in a two (2)-day workshop on Guided Self-Assessment of Local Environmental Governance at Consuelo Community Center, San Carlos City.The USAID-B+WISER Program-Workshop has led to the identification of best practices as well as gaps inenvironmental governance that will be improved through an action plan over time as a result of the LGUs’ own initiatives and USAID/B+WISER’s targeted assistance in forest planning, protection and conservation.
An action plan has been formulated serving asoutput of the workshop addressing the identified gaps on forest, watershedandurbanenvironmental management which include the formulation of strategic interventions,issuance oftenurewithintheprotectedareainagreementwith DENR and strengthening of existing protection and enforcement mechanisms.
Focus Group Discussion on Women’s
GENESYS participated in the focus group discussion (FGD) on women’s organization study last September 9, 2014 at Pavillon Hotel, Bacolod City. The FGD is a USAID-sponsored DENR B+WISER Program focusing on biodiversity conservation, maintenance of forest ecosystem and ecosystem services, and promotion of stronger economy in the Bago River Watershed Forest Reserve (BRWFR).
Forest Management Unit (FMU) Establishing and Planning
for BRWFR Philippines Biodiversity & Watersheds Improved for
Stronger Economy & Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program
Many of the forests in the province of Negros Occidental are still not managed sustainably.The reasons could possibly due to lack of appropriate forest policies, management plans, legislations, institutional frameworks and the technical capacity.A one-day training on Forest Management Unit (FMU) Establishment and Planning sponsored by DENR and USAIDfor Philippines Biodiversity & Watersheds Improved for Stronger Economy & Ecosystem Resilience (B+WISER) Program was held onJuly 23, 2014at Consuelo Community Center, San Carlos City as a response to this scenario.
This training provided the framework for the general understanding of what it meant to practice sustainable forestry and the creation of Forest Management Unit which underpins sustainable forest management